Hans G. Poppe™
Hans was raised in Savannah, Georgia. At age fifteen, he and his family moved to Kentucky to be closer to his mother’s family. Hans majored in finance and minored in philosophy while at the University of Louisville. He worked his way through college while working third-shift part time at United Parcel Service. Quickly promoted several times, by his senior year he had advanced to a full-time position as a financial analyst in United Parcel Service’s Air Group where he analyzed past aircraft fleet maintenance expenditures in order to make projections for the future.
While he certainly enjoyed putting his finance degree to work, Hans had already made plans to attend law school on scholarship. Law school was a natural fit for him and he made the Dean’s list all six semesters while at The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. During his second year, Hans was selected to be a member of the Brandeis Law Journal (now the University of Louisville Law Review). Also in his second year, Hans advanced to the semi-final round of the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition and tied for third with the woman whom he would later marry, Jeri Barclay. During his final year, Hans was selected to represent the law school at the prestigious Kauffman Securities Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. He and his teammate-and still good friend-Shane O’Bryan, made the best showing in the law school’s history by finishing third in the nation. Hans finished law school ranked in the top ten with a grade point average high enough to gain him membership into the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Additionally, Hans was asked to join the most prestigious honor society at the Brandeis School of Law, the Brandeis Society.
Following graduation, Hans went to work for the small, well-respected plaintiff personal injury law firm where he had clerked during law school. Just two weeks after receiving his bar results, Hans, and the attorney with whom he worked, successfully tried a two-week medical malpractice case. He was hooked on trial work from that moment forward. Since then, he has been involved in a number of large jury verdicts and settlements, including serving as co-counsel on a $25,700,000 settlement arising out of childhood sexual abuse (this settlement consolidated 243 indivdual lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville and was settled in 2003. At the time, it was the second largest settlement against a diocese in US History.) To learn more about the case, you can read the Courier Journal Newspaper article here.
At only thirty-years of age, Hans made the decision to start his own firm. The dynamic success of The Poppe Law Firm® comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Hans. He is passionate about the work he does and the people and small businesses he represents. Because of this, he chooses to limit his caseload to only twenty cases at any given time. This ensures he can give each of his clients the personal attention they need and deserve.
University of Louisville, School of Business, B.S. Finance with Honors University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, J.D. cum laude
Professional Honors & Activities:
Kentucky Super Lawyer 2010- 2016. The National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Lawyers 2011- 2016, The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40 in 2012. Louisville Magazine Top Lawyers 2008-2016. Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society; Brandeis Honor Society. Semi-Finalist: Irving G. Kaufmann National Securities Law Competition; Semi-Finalist Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition. Recipient: Dean's Scholarship Award, 1997-2000; Book Award, Torts I, 1997; Book Award, Torts II, 1998; Kentucky Defense Council Award, 1999. Member, Brandeis Law Journal.
Presentations & Speeches:
“Cool Stuff You Can Do at Trial” Techapalooza 2012; “Litigating Nursing Home Negligence” Litigating Nursing Home Negligence Cases 2012; “Advanced Trial Skills” Kentucky Justice Association Annual Convention 2010; “Common Themes & Defenses in Medical Malpractice” Common Themes & Defenses in Medical Malpractice 2010; “Car Wreck Cases – Early Assessment of the Case” Car Wreck Litigation 2009; “Legal Malpractice – The Evil of Which We Do Not Speak” Trial Skills 2008; “Bad Faith” Bad Faith Claims Handling 2008; “Legal Malpractice in Kentucky” 2008; “Insurance Bad Faith” May 2008; “Essentials for Winning Your Auto Wreck Case” Car Wreck Litigation 2007; “Insurance Bad Faith in Kentucky” May 2007; “Legal Malpractice in Kentucky” February 2007; “ERISA Subrogation Law” May 2002; “Using the Rules of Civil Procedure to Your Advantage”, KATA Seminar, February 2004; NBI Seminar Litigating Your First Case in Kentucky, February 2005; Seminar, “Overcoming Obstacles in Settlements – The Subrogation” June 17, 2005; “Maximize Recovery – ERISA Subrogation” April and May 2006.
American Bar Association Kentucky Bar Association Louisville Bar Association Indiana Bar Association
- Kentucky Circuit and District courts
- Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Kentucky Supreme Court
- Federal Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
- Federal Court, Western District of Kentucky
- Federal Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Indiana Circuit and Superior courts
- Indiana Court of Appeals
- Indiana Supreme Court
- Federal Court, Southern District of Indiana
- Federal Court, Northern District of Indiana
- Federal Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Board of Governors, Kentucky Justice Association 2005-Present.
Board of Trustees, Highland Baptist Church 2010-Present.